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Lake Pend Oreille sees highest kokanee density in two decades

Fisheries researchers estimated that over 2.5 million adult kokanee occupied Lake Pend Oreille in the fall of 2019, the highest count on record since the mid-1990’s. As summer heats up, reports are starting to roll in that anglers are reaping the benefits of a highly abundant kokanee population.

Appellate judges say sale of land for controversial smelter near Newport was legal

The $325 million project remains on indefinite hold, however, after Pend Oreille County commissioners rejected a zoning change that would have allowed its construction late last year. The ruling affirms the rights of public utilities to dispose of land as they see fit, but may allow governments to “play fast and loose with the rules,” an attorney for the group challenging the sale said.

PacWest: Plans for proposed Newport smelter on hold

After months of limited communication between PacWest Silicon and Pend Oreille County officials about a proposed silicon smelter near Newport, the company confirmed in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee the project is on hold for “the immediate future” because of regulatory and community challenges.

Newport smelter company quiet as Pend Oreille officials end agreement

The controversial silicon smelter project is tied up in multiple lawsuits and its parent company has been mum on its future plans with officials at the local and state level. That has led to speculation the project has been abandoned, but there’s been no official word yet.

Multiagency effort spawns giant forest, recreation project in Pend Oreille County

Twenty years ago, the proposal being presented at public meetings in January for forest restoration and recreation projects on 90,700 acres in Pend Oreille County would only have been a pipe dream. That was at the height of the “timber wars,” pitting pro-logging interests against environmentalists and bringing logging to a halt.

Front Porch: All aboard the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train

Thankfully, we’d been warned in advance that train robberies frequently occur on the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train. Even better, the cash collected goes to support the many community projects of the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club, which operates the ride.